Clinton Takes on ‘Those People on TV’

May 17, 2008 4:21pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: In Loretto, Ky., today, Sen. Hillary Clinton vented some frustration with the pundits who keep saying the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is over and that she should quit.

"And you know all those people on TV who keep telling you and everybody else that this race is over and I should just be graceful and say ‘Oh, it’s over,’ even though I’ve won more votes," she said. "Those are all people who have a job. Those are all people who have health care. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump. They’re not the people I’m running to be a champion for."

Clinton continued to make the argument that every time she gets counted out she comes back stronger.

"There’s some people who have been saying for months that this is over –- and every time they say it the voters come back and say, "Oooh no it’s not, we’re not ready for it to be over,’" she said.

The senator made the point that she is no quitter.

"You see all those folks on TV, they keep telling me to quit," she said. "Well, I don’t know, maybe I was just raised with the kind of values you were raised -– you don’t quit on people and you don’t quit until you finish what you started and you don’t quit on America. And I’m running for president because I believe that I would be the best president and I’m the stronger candidate to beat John McCain."

Clinton continued to make her argument that she is ahead.

"Right now I am leading in the popular vote –- more Americans have voted for me," she said. "Right now if you add up the states that I have won, it totals 300 electoral votes you have to have 270 to win -– now there are some states I’ve won that maybe won’t go for the Democrat, like Texas or Oklahoma, but I still have a comfortable margin. My opponent has won states totaling 217 electoral votes and lots of states like Alaska, Idaho and Utah that haven’t voted for a Democrat in a long time. So if you look at the states we have to win, if you look at the big states, if you look at the swing states, I am the stronger candidate."

Clinton made her push for Kentuckians to go out and vote for her and said that their voted mattered for winning in the fall.

"You know, last week I won West Virginia by 41 points. A Democrat hasn’t been elected since 1916 without winning West Virginia, but here’s something else — you don’t win the White House without winning Kentucky."

Senator Clinton made these remarks at the Makers Mark distillery. She did not take a shot of whiskey – but did dip a bottle in the famous red wax. Wearing black gloves and clear goggles, Clinton had a big smile on her face as she dipped the bottle. She spilled a little of it and said later that they were going to let her keep the bottle.

After Clinton spoke, "I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty played in the background.

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